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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                                [Order No. 414] 
                                  53 FR 53041 
                               December 30, 1988 
   Resolution and Order Approving the Application of the Port of Corpus 
Christi Authority for a Subzone at the Valero Refining Company Refinery in 
Nueces County, TX 
TEXT: Proceedings of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Washington, DC  
Resolution and Order 
   Pursuant to the authority granted in the Foreign-Trade Zones Act of 
June 18, 1934, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), the Foreign-Trade Zones 
Board (the Board) has adopted the following Resolution and Order: 
   The Board, having considered the matter, hereby orders:  
   After consideration of the application of the Port of Corpus Christi 
Authority, grantee of FTZ 122, filed with the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) on December 30, 1987, requesting special-purpose subzone status 
for the crude oil refinery of Valero Refining Company, located in Nueces 
County, Texas, adjacent to the Corpus Christi Customs port of entry, the 
Board, finding that the requirements of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as 
amended, and the Board's regulations would be satisfied, and that the 
proposal would be in the public interest, if approval is subject to certain 
conditions, approves the application subject to the following conditions:
   1. Foreign crude oil used as fuel for the refinery shall be dutiable.  
   2. Valero shall elect privileged foreign status on foreign crude oil 
and other foreign merchandise admitted to the subzone. 
   3. The U.S. Customs Service shall inform the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
on or before July 1, 1991, that a satisfactory control system has been 
implemented so that the revenue can be fully protected; otherwise, the 
authority under this grant shall expire on that date. 
   The Secretary of Commerce, as Chairman and Executive Officer of the 
Board, is hereby authorized to issue a grant of authority and appropriate 
Board Order.  
   Grant of Authority To Establish a Foreign-Trade Subzone at the Valero 
Refining Company in Nueces County, Texas 
   Whereas, by an Act of Congress approved June 18, 1934, an Act "To 
provide for the establishment, operation, and maintenance of foreign-trade 
zones in ports of entry of the United States, to expedite and encourage 
foreign commerce, and for other purposes", as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u) 
(the Act), the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) is authorized and 
empowered to grant to corporations the privilege of establishing, 
operating, and maintaining foreign-trade zones in or adjacent to ports of 
entry under the jurisdiction of the United States;  
   Whereas, the Board's regulations (15 CFR 400.304) provide for the 
establishment of special-purpose subzones when existing zone facilities 
cannot serve the specific use involved, and where a significant public 
benefit will result; 
   Whereas, the Port of Corpus Christi Authority, grantee of Foreign-Trade 
Zone No. 122, has made application (filed December 30, 1987, FTZ Docket 
47-87, 53 FR 783) in due and proper form to the Board for authority to 
establish a special-purpose subzone at the oil refinery of Valero Refining 
Company (Valero) located in Nueces County, Texas; 
   Whereas, notice of said application has been given and published, and 
full opportunity has been afforded all interested parties to be heard; and
   Whereas, the Board has found that the requirements of the Act and the 
Board's regulations would be satisfied and that the proposal would be in 
the public interest if approval is given subject to the conditions in the 
resolution accompanying this action; 
   Now, therefore, in accordance with the application filed December 30, 
1987, the Board hereby authorizes the establishment of a subzone at the 
Valero refinery, designated on the records of the Board as Foreign-Trade 
Subzone No. 122J, at the location mentioned above and more particularly 
described on the maps and drawings accompanying the application, said grant 
of authority being subject to the provisions and restrictions of the Act 
and the Regulations issued thereunder, and those stated in the resolution 
accompanying this action, and also to the following express conditions and 
   Activation of the subzone shall be commenced within a reasonable time 
from the date of issuance of the grant, and prior thereto, any necessary 
permits shall be obtained from Federal, State, and municipal authorities.
   Officers and employees of the United States shall have free and 
unrestricted access to and througout the foreign-trade subzone in the 
performance of their official duties. 
   The grant shall not be construed to relieve responsible parties from 
liability for injury or damage to the person or property of others 
occasioned by the construction, operation, or maintenance of said subzone, 
and in no event shall the United States be liable therefor. 
   The grant is further subject to settlement locally by the District 
Director of Customs and District Army Engineer with the Grantee regarding 
compliance with their respective requirements for the protection of the 
revenue of the United States and the installation of suitable facilities.
   In witness thereof, the Foreign-Trade Zones Board has caused its name 
to be signed and its seal to be affixed hereto by its Chairman and 
Executive Officer or his delegate at Washington, DC, this 21st day of 
December, 1988, pursuant to Order of the Board. 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board. 
Jan W. Mares, 
   Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration, Chairman, 
Committee of Alternates. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 88-30016 Filed 12-29-88; 8:45 am]